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PLUTO Review

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PLUTO presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Feb. 22.

Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

PLUTO is Know’s first production as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere. Based on this outstanding production, Cincinnati audiences have much to look forward to, in the future. PLUTO is the kind of strong, imaginative, quirky, contemporary script that made Know one of my favorite groups back in their Gabriel’s Corner days.

Former Know Artistic Director Jason Bruffy returns to smartly direct his strong cast through this emotional piece.

Annie Fitzpatrick is near perfect as Elizabeth, a mother who is trying desperately to connect with her son, Bailey, before the reality of the outside world crashes in.

Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth & Wesley Carman as Bailey. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth & Wesley Carman as Bailey. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Wesley Carman does solid work as son Bailey. The attitude of the character was spot on, but Carman also gives the audience hints of the pain beneath. He and Fitzpatrick have good chemistry and are totally believable as mother and son.

Lauren Hayes does nice work as neighbor Maxine. Her latter scene was very strong and that confrontation was a highlight of the show for all involved. On opening night, to me, it did seem like the actress felt less comfortable in her first scene with Bailey. Also the backstage light threw her shadow onto the door’s window, so we could see her waiting outside. It was unclear to me if she was there listening to the action in the house, or simply waiting for her entrance.

Torie Wiggins as Cerebus, Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth & Wesley Carman as Bailey. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Torie Wiggins as Cerebus, Annie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth & Wesley Carman as Bailey. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Torie Wiggins brings a great ethereal energy to the stage as Cerebus, while she patiently waits for her master to arrive. Always involved in the moment, it was fun to get her character’s take on the unfolding events. My sight-line from the audience prevented me from seeing Cerebus sitting on stage when the lights initially came up. I was confused by the lack of action until Bailey’s first entrance. It wasn’t until Elizabeth’s entrance, when she acknowledge the dog, that I realized Wiggins was on stage.

The cast is complete with Ken Early as Pluto himself. Charming, well-spoken and dressed, understanding, but all business, Early easily commands the stage. He and Fitzpatrick have several great moments together. I did lose some of his dialogue in his quieter conversations upstage.

This script had some demanding elements in set, costumes and special effects. The production team met these challenges successfully. Great work Andrew Hungerford (scenic and lighting design), Doug Borntrager (sound design), Noelle Wedig (costume design) and Nick Koehike (technical director).

Overall a great night of theater that leaves you much to discuss on the drive home. Great job.

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My rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Overture Awards Finals Competition | Sat., March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson Kaplan Theater

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The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is proud to present the 2014 Overture Awards Scholarship Competition – the largest locally-run arts scholarship competition in the country. The Overture Awards annually provides a $3,500 scholarship to six area high school students for education and training expenses, with 18 finalists each winning a $750 scholarship.

The Overture Awards Finals Competition and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Winners will be announced immediately following the competition.

This year, 466 students were nominated by their schools to compete in one of six artistic disciplines: Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music. The Overture Awards was developed to recognize, encourage, and reward excellence in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. It also provides students an opportunity to share their talents and interests among their peers in a supportive environment outside of their individual schools. There are three levels of competition: Regionals, Semi-Finals, and Finals.

The Overture Awards Regional Competitions were held on January 11 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Immanuel United Methodist Church (Lakeside Park, KY), Saint Ursula Academy, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, and Xavier University. The top 20 percent of competitors in each discipline advanced to the Semi-Finals, which were held at the Aronoff Center on January 17 and 18. Twenty-four finalists (four in each discipline) will compete in the Finals Competition at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater on March 1.

Now in its 18th year, The Overture Awards was launched in 1996 by the Cinergy Foundation (now Duke Energy) and Leadership Cincinnati (a program of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce). The Overture Awards is funded and administered by the Cincinnati Arts Association, which operates and manages the Aronoff Center and Music Hall. The Overture Awards also relies on hundreds of volunteers from the community who help raise funds, adjudicate and manage the competitions, and nurture the program.

Overture Awards Program Sponsors: Carey Digital; Citi; The Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee Scholarship Sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; Stock Yards Bank & Trust; The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation; Summerfair Cincinnati; Western & Southern Financial. Competition Sponsors: Buddy Roger’s Music, Immanuel United Methodist Church (Lakeside Park, KY), St. Ursula Academy, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, Xavier University.



  • Zoe Cheng – Walnut Hills High School, grade 11
  • Katie Hibner – William Mason High School, grade 11
  • Bridget Nichols – Scott High School, grade 12
  • Rachel Zinck – Mt. Notre Dame High School, grade 11


  • Claire Barrington – Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet (NCYB Dance) / Ohio Virtual Academy, grade 11
  • Ally Garcia – Campbell County High School, grade 12
  • Megan Kernan – Just Off Broadway / Turpin High School, grade 11
  • Lauren Slouffman – Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, grade 10


  • Emma Burge – Sycamore High School, grade 10
  • Carolyn Gao – Leung Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 10
  • Isabella Geis – Walnut Hills High School, grade 10
  • Joseph Vaz – Practice to Prosper Piano Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 11


  • Melissa Campbell – McCready Voice Studio / Wyoming High School, grade 10
  • Eli Davis – Cincinnati Actor’s Studio / School for Creative and Performing Arts, grade 12
  • Keegan Doyle – St. Xavier High School, grade 12
  • Kalie Kaimann – Seton High School, grade 11


  • Ruby Brooke – School for Creative and Performing Arts, grade 12
  • Kathryn Holaday – Lakota West High School, grade 12
  • Kyle Perrigo – Lakota East High School, grade 12
  • Paige Schlosser – Kings High School, grade 12


  • Mackenzie Jacquemin – Wyoming High School, grade 11
  • James Rootring – Karl Resnick Studio / Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, grade 10
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg – Karl Resnick Studio / Sycamore High School, grade 12
  • Natalie Sheppard – Dixie Heights High School, grade 12

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 700,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.3 million students.

CAA is proud to be a member of Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education, Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, and Performing Arts Center Consortium.

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Casting Call for Independent Film TEN YEARS DEEP



  • ­Male, 35-­‐40, Lead role
  • Male, 10-­‐13, Supporting role
  • Male, 40-­‐50, Supporting role
  • Female, 35-­‐45, Supporting role


February 8th and 9th – 10am-­‐3pm
(Email for appointment)
*Individuals may schedule independent auditions if not available for the  dates listed above.


February 22, 23 and March 1, 2, 8, 9
(Dates tentative depending on characters)

If interested, please contact Tess White ( for moreinformation and a copy of the script. Include résumé and headshot if possible.

Production Type: Independent/Student

Project Length: approx. 20 minutes

Shooting Location: Cincinnati

Director: Zachary Gerberick (513.907.2389)

Producer: Tess White

Compensation: No

Audition Location: University of Cincinnati, College-­‐Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Mary Emery Hall: TV Studio Room 


A withdrawn shoe shiner begins to dig a hole in the woods behind his house. His ten year old son follows to help. As the hole grows deeper, and as the father and
son bond, more secrets from the past are revealed.

*All roles ethnically ambiguous

[FATHER – 35-­‐40 YEARS OLD]
FATHER works as a shoeshine and is an excellent carpenter. He is a quiet, pensive man who is broken and guilt-ridden due to the murder of his wife, during which he failed to save her.He loves his son deeply, but feels that he cannot go on under the weight of his guilt. He digs a hole in which he plans to bury himself, the weight of the dirt standing as a literal manifestation of the weight of the years that are piling onto him. Protagonist.

SON is a loving and curious kid who, at times, displays his father’s pensiveness. He is wide-eyed to his father and to the world at large. To him, his father can do no wrong. He thinks that his mother died because of illness and that they are digging for treasure.

Where FATHER is reserved and lives in his own head, NEIGHBOR is the opposite. He is loud-­‐voiced and has a solid presence. His life is exactly what it looks like, for better or for worse. He’s a typical Sunday-­‐football-­‐watching American type.

She is the typical wife counterpart to FATHER’S typical neighbor. JEANINE is caring, the type to bring a casserole to your door because she can. Knows about FATHER’s wife’s death and his subsequent sadness. She is understanding and sympathetic.

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SBP Announce 2014/2015 Season


Directed by Adam Drake

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences.

Directed by Bunny Arszman

The ADDAMS FAMILY was created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice and Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). It features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

All performances will be held at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011. For more information check our website at If you have any question, call Bunny Arszman at 513-325-7842.


Showbiz Players, Inc. is one of the premiere community theatre companies in Cincinnati. Spanning a history of 27 years, Showbiz Players, Inc. has won a multitude of national, state and local awards for their productions.

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